Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson strikes CDN deal at the edge; Bouygues Telecom holds steady as parent wobbles; Deutsche Telekom builds out basestations.
Zen Internet, an alternative ISP in the UK, has ambitious growth plans and is looking to a refresh of its back office software, including the introduction of SDN capabilities, to help achieve its goals.
Almost 70% of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020.
Comcast says speed is still key, but emphasis is shifting to whole-home connectivity, control and the broader consumer experience.
The US cable industry is now pulling in close to $18 billion in annual revenues from commercial services, but the growth rate is falling. How much lift is left for cable?
TM Forum Digital Transformation Tracker shows diversity of views on virtualization, with larger operators moving forward much faster, and many smaller companies struggling to make it pay.
T-Mobile wants ensure 'dual-connectivity' works, so that users can always remain connected on 4G or 5G, ahead of its 2019 5G launch.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Com Hem socked by Boxer under-performance; Samsung buys Spanish AI startup; KPN invests in CUJO; Colt tunes in to blockchain for LSO Sonata.
Phazr gets FCC approval and the CE mark.
Revelations about a corruption scandal that could land Ericsson with a hefty fine overshadowed the Swedish vendor's return to quarterly net profits for the first time since 2016.
For CenturyLink, transformation is about enhancing its business in terms of effectiveness, cost efficiency and customer experience. So how is it trying to achieve that?
Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.
Hooks WiFi mesh software into cable-backed RDK-B open source software stack for gateways and extenders, claims tier-1 operator has given the greenlight.
Incoming president & CEO Joseph Wytanis vows that Zoom, equipped with the Motorola brand, will avoid being a 'me-too' player as it chases after a market segment dominated by Arris and Technicolor.
New initiatives bring IP onto the platform for end-to-end services up to Layer 3 but also support remaining base of TDM offerings better.
Italian incumbent looks outside the traditional vendor community to solve its latest mobile network challenge.
Cable modem and broadband networking company has struck deals with customers to absorb most of the current tariffs costs along with plans to shift more production and its supply chain for devices outside of China by the first half of 2019.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google begins charging smartphone makers for app store access; TDC snaps up broadband provider; Swisscom's digital signature service makes the EU grade.
Swedish vendor confirms involvement with group that wants to end the dominance of the incumbent equipment suppliers in the radio access network.
Dell is continuing forward with its planned return to public markets, as investor Carl Icahn threatens to go to the mattresses to fight the proposal.
Twenty percent growth looks great, but not when the market is growing at 50%.
Internet video provider Netflix is still having troubles forecasting its subscriber growth, but the company doesn't seem to have problems attracting new customers as it adds more exclusive programming and benefits from increased traction outside the US.
Four operator executives say open source solves more problems than it causes, and that CSPs need to get with the program.
The operator, however, is still planning to use fixed mmWave 5G basestations for its tests in Atlanta, Hawaii, and – most probably – Los Angeles.
At the NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Women in Comms panelists examined the impact of automation on women in the tech and communications industries.
This week Jamie and Scott are joined by Mary Clark or, as her friends like to call her, "Madame Syn."
Arista is extending its Cognitive Campus strategy with networking technology gained from its recent Mojo Networks purchase. Arista says: No more BMOC for CSCO.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM and Intel kiss and make up; Nokia adds new chipsets to FTTX offerings; Saudi consulate outrage hits SoftBank.
Deutsche Telekom, Intel and MobiledgeX to lead a new Telecom Infra Project (TIP) group focused on APIs that will enable developers to write apps able to run on edge computing resources.
Two and a half years into its mission, the Facebook-led TIP claims to have made networks exciting for the first time in 20 years. But as it enters the procurement phase, its task may get even harder.
Two of the leading industry groups trying to break the stranglehold of big vendors on the radio access network look set to combine their efforts.
There's friction and a fair amount of hot air in the open source NFV MANO world and it's not doing anyone any favors.
Microsoft co-founder also had strong ties to the cable industry going back to earlier wave of operator consolidations and pioneering work with Internet-connected set-top boxes and advanced video user interfaces.
‘... I still enjoy a good fight for the right reasons,’ Icahn warns. Let's make popcorn and watch the show.
WOW is among a recent wave of service providers to elevate video services to the cloud and focus on the apps-based model using Espial's software-as-a-service platform.
Broadband Success Partners Principal Jack Burton says 5G represents a great opportunity for cable MSOs to work with 5G network operators and provide not only backhaul, but facilities -- real estate on poles, towers in headends and central offices. Cable's proximity to the customer could provide them a revenue source tied to 5G and edge computing, as well as a long-term hedge against obsolescence.
Major European provider will lay out the strategy behind its new Vodafone TV streaming service at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in London next month.
Analyst expects that Arris will absorb 'at least a portion' of new US tariffs as operators intend to hold vendor to modem price agreements struck prior to tariff introduction.
IPO plans are on hold as Aryaka builds its business.
Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have written to Canada's prime minister and urged him to stop Huawei from selling 5G products in Canada.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN braces for cuts; eSIM pioneer raises £18 million; Eleven Sports challenges UK soccer taboo.
Just like banks, some virtual network functions have become 'too big to fail,' says an executive at Deutsche Telekom's pan-net subsidiary, casting a shadow over efforts to cloudify the telco network.
Open source MANO (management and orchestration) developments are providing network operators with something of a conundrum.
As actual 5G services are starting to arrive, what does 'commercial' 5G network actually mean right now?
The legislative environment now seems to have roadblocks up against fiber deployment, according to Brian Daniels, Zayo's senior VP of strategic networks. He said there's a need for standard fees and permanent processes to help multiple tenants use a city's light poles and other infrastructure so several carriers can efficiently provide competitive services in cities.
After years of developments and incremental advances, Colt is set for a major three-stage telco cloud deployment that will be a big step in its migration from a legacy hardware architecture to virtualized functions.
Investors shell out for companies that plan to kill on-premises data warehouses, server scalability and web performance limits, and AI bottlenecks. That's more murder than a Quentin Tarantino movie!
Verizon's director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning talks about why millimeter wave technology works so well to deliver a home broadband service, and how Verizon intends to reach more places with 5G even where adding new fiber isn't feasible.
FCC sought a middle-ground, but not everyone is thrilled with the decision to go with county-sized Priority Access Licenses.
In a special, free SCTE|ISBE Cable-Tec Expo breakfast roundtable session on Tuesday, October 23, we'll look at where cable stands in its cloud journey.
This week in our WiC roundup: How sexual harassment holds women back; California tech boards prepare for a shakedown; Bumble redefines tech company values; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom in augmented reality deal; Zayo expands in Europe; Dialog workers transfer to Apple.
Deutsche Telekom becomes the first European operator to make a firm 5G coverage commitment.
AT&T's VP of converged access and device technology discusses the 5G network buildout and how the carrier's focus on mobile experiences shapes its decisions on fiber use and edge networking as it races to deliver an 'immersive consumer experience.'
Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network, a mutual patent protection society, and is bringing along 60,000 patents as a housewarming gift.
App will support four simultaneous video streams, is akin to 'live television without a television,' AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan says.
With latest batch of rollouts, MSO says DOCSIS 3.1 has been deployed to more than 95% of footprint.
Deutsche Telekom claims 80% of its mobile network is 5G ready as it prepares for a 2020 commercial launch, but the transition to full-blown 5G will require a lot more effort.
IBM Cloud Private, which is a year old, has hundreds of users, a landmark it took Red Hat nearly four years to achieve. However....
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON terminates Jazz, Bangalink offer; MegaFon CEO steps down; San Marino revs its 5G engines; Sigfox strikes deal with Paessler.
AT&T will not use just mmWave for its mobile 5G.
New OTT offering, expected to launch in Q4 2019, will reportedly 'start with HBO,' feature fare from Turner and Warner Bros.
Managed service provider developed its own combined connectivity-security solution that it's selling direct and to other MSPs.
Collecting large volumes of data is one thing. Making sense of it is another.
CableLabs is developing a cloud, edge and virtualization framework that MSOs can use to provide a consistent message to the vendor community.
Snuggies may be warm and familiar but PCCW Global's David Hughes says it's time for telcos to ditch the security blanket of clinging to legacy operations.
Comcast exec believes that, with X1, the technological stars have aligned to turn interactive television's long-held promises into achievable realities.
In a new report published in partnership with SCTE/ISBE, Light Reading spells out what cable operators are doing with fiber now and what they plan to do with it in the future.
Chinese equipment vendor unveils its first AI chips and warns about the impact of AI on telco jobs.
Looks to reduce time for security pros to detect and react to application threats.
Accenture's Jeff Wang and Tejas Rao talk to Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Accenture is helping clients make the most of the investments needed to evolve and deploy their 5G networks.
Japanese telco says investments in NFV have already led to cost reductions and better service reliability as it plots the next phase of investment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GDPR fines ahoy; Dasan Zhone acquires Germany's Keymile; Orange Bank gets new CEO; Vodafone ad banned.
Radcom slashes sales guidance for the current fiscal year, blaming delays to the rollout of NFV by service provider customers.
Jezzibell Gilmore, co-founder and SVP of Business Development at PacketFabric, provides an overview of PacketFabric's fully automated network-as-a-service platform, explaining how its customers are succeeding with network automation, and talks about how PacketFabric is growing.
Chinese vendor is now expected to participate in 5G trials in two cities after it previously missed out on an invitation.
Anyone attending this year's SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague could be forgiven for thinking it was a re-run of last year's show.
Comcast has snapped up about 75% of the outstanding shares of Sky. That solidifies the future path of the UK-based video giant, but also raises questions about what's next for Hulu.
Through its work with vendors, Verizon is expecting to have 5G mmWave radio integrated with its baseband unit available sometime in 2019.
Telco also unleashes symmetrical 200 Mbit/s as its introductory residential speed tier.
Scale of the 'reskilling' challenge for one of Europe's biggest operators is made apparent by senior virtualization executive.
This week: Chinese whispers; 5G flannel; and net neutrality noises off.
With one of its most important software updates coming up this month, Aqsacom CEO Gilles Blanc discusses his company's background, technology edge and why 5G is so challenging to cyber-intelligence firms.
New Layer 2-based service promises cloud connections in minutes to enterprises in fiber-fed buildings globally.
Operator has employed a mix of AI and machine learning techniques to help its X1 voice remote platform understand English and Spanish interchangeably.
CenturyLink has more than 100,000 on-net, "lit" buildings in its network. That's a massive advantage in a world where new services require the distribution of virtualized network functions as close to customers as possible, according to Kevin McBride, CenturyLink's principal architect of SDN & NVF technologies.
Accenture's Jeff Wang and Tejas Rao talk to Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Accenture is uniquely positioned to help clients in the journey to 5G.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC approves Tele2-Com Hem merger; CityFibre/Vodafone rollout expands; Deutsche Telekom turns to AI for fiber rollout.
Google says it won't compete for a lucrative cloud computing contract because it's inconsistent with the company values — and also because portions are out of scope of current government certifications.
Deciding which groups to back is a difficult job for operators that face resource constraints.
Further innovation is needed if optical transport networks are to support traffic growth and there was plenty of evidence at a recent ECOC workshop that key work is already underway.
Superior technology isn't enough.
T-Mobile's prepaid arm promises mobile 5G next year.
A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.
Approach illustrates the challenge faced by traditional programmers and sources of OTT video as audiences become increasingly fragmented.
Automation provides operators with the means to respond to threats faster and even preempt an event, but controlling new security software also increases complexity for service providers.
Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group, gives an overview of the value and key benefits that LoRa Technology provides enterprises globally for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
Equinix's Bill Long says age of virtualization and automation is causing a major shift in network deployment costs as well as the engineering skillsets required amid the growing need for talented software developers.
Fending off hypercloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft was a driver for the merger. But there's more to it than that.
In this last of a three-blog series, we will explore the potential for cable operators and other broadband providers to work with their OTT and access rivals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Is BT in talks with Apple over TV deal? Mobily punished for not employing enough Saudis; class action against Google blocked in UK.
That's one of the looming technology and business challenges that Light Reading will tackle on November 6 at our inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe conference in London.
Vendor offers an enterprise services software stack that can run on any cloud platform and already has Mexico's Telefónica Movistar as a reference customer.
Chipmaker to show off 3GPP 5G at CES, as FCC looks over new rules for the CBRS band.
Survey finds that many CSPs are boldly forging a path towards the open, agile, automated and efficient networks the telecom industry requires.
OTT-TV provider lifts ad-skipping restrictions that prevented customers from recording shows from AMC, Disney, Fox, NBCU and Turner.
Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.
Bill Walker says carrier never expected NFV to cause massive shifts early on, adding that it's replacing legacy at a pace that makes financial sense.
The security vendor scoops up RedLock to gain expertise in security analytics.
This week in our WiC roundup: Lyft's latest diversity report; a Gender Manifesto relapse; flexible work becomes a necessity; and more.
Strong sales of memory chips appear responsible for the big increase in operating profits at Samsung in the recent third quarter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets GET; Colt extends Dublin network; Net Insight reshapes top team; Deutsche Telekom smartens up facilities management.
Communications service providers (CSPs) are working towards more open architectures as they develop their next-generation networks.
VMware beefs up its portfolio for multicloud management.
The 5G market is set to take off soon, and vendors are racing to make their first 5G radio access network (RAN) offerings available.
Verizon's plan to cull $10 billion in costs from its operations is getting very real now. First, thin out the ranks of old, middle-manager types.
Thirty companies, including Amazon and Apple, and the US government are threatened in the attack, according to a bombshell investigative report from Bloomberg.
Having shaken up mobile, India's most aggressive service provider now threatens to disrupt the broadband market.
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, a group backed by major studios and OTT players, is having some success bombarding alleged Kodi-related pirates with threatening letters.
In the second part of his CXO interview, Eric Hutchinson talks about AI, cybersecurity and the humanizing factor of the test company's strategic shift.
The merger between 3 and Wind was supposed to create an Italian mobile heavyweight. But after Italy's 5G auction this week, that company is on the ropes.
Security requirements 'can change the design of your overall network dramatically,' says Orange Business's John Isch.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange extends telematics deal; Telia goes smart metering; Ireland guns for Facebook.
Yves Bellego, director of network strategy at Orange, explains how the operator is approaching automation, how it has developed a data lake and the ongoing challenges associated with NFV.
USTelecom, CTIA, NCTA and ACA band together to file suit challenging California's tough net neutrality law.
European service provider says it is in talks about fiber partnerships that could speed up network rollout.
John Isch of Orange Business says businesses have differing requirements for understanding how telecom is changing.
In the second part of this three-part series, Burton explores the rise of OTT, as well as its impact on cable operators and other broadband service providers.
Huawei has been telling the FCC why operators and consumers will suffer if it's not allowed to trade in the US as part of the universal service fund (USF) program.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TomTom makes a comeback; Proximus helps conserve art; European Parliament approves new video service rules.
An Italian auction of 5G spectrum raises $4.6 billion more than its government had budgeted. That's great news for the government, but not so good for Italy's operators.
Second annual survey shows enterprises are exposing APIs to third parties but not attending encryption or authentication, leading to a sharp rise in the number and complexity of application breaches.
Pai says 6GHz proposal will give WiFi wings, while a change in CBRS rules could encourage 5G networks.
Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.
'It's a standard, Jim, but not as we know it.' Orange pleads for operator consensus around NFV infrastructure, orchestration and automation requirements, but will that be enough to create scale and meet developer needs?
Will use a set of prepaid channel packages to reach what it views as an 'underserved' market.
Evolution Digital's angle with 'eMERGE' highlights how cable ops will blend their own TV services with premium OTT video services and other digital-only content.
Verizon's wireline unit is developing its own machine learning internally using open source tools and 'agile' development methods.
Extending support for legacy languages to the cloud, as well as that newfangled serverless thing that all the kids are going on about.
Vista Equity acquires roaming platform specialist Starhome Mach to merge it with existing portfolio company Telarix, which specializes in interconnect billing, rating and fraud management.
Some retailers are moving to platforms that aren't competing for customers. Others just want to keep their options open.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia commits to 5G launch in early 2019; Sigfox grows its network; KPN's new hire; Orange lands in-flight connectivity deal.
Finland's 5G auction has left each mobile operator with a sizable chunk of spectrum and not come at a crippling cost.
Infinera closed its acquisition of Coriant today, creating one of the world's largest optical networking providers with 600 customers around the world. But talk of a major account challenge mounted by Ciena sent the company's stock tumbling more than 15%.
Ranga Muvavarirwa played a big role in helping Time Warner Cable extend IP video apps to broad mix of retail streaming platforms.
Major European provider becomes second MSO to launch gigabit-enabling D3.1 service in Germany, following the launch by Liberty Global's Unitymedia unit in May.
Open source may have gained support from the communications service provider (CSP) community, but there are some major challenges in making use of it.
VP Bill Long tells NFV-Carrier SDN crowd that niche players and new entrants face a much riskier market, even though hardware capex requirements are much lower.
Claims that California's tough law illegally subverts federal government's deregulatory approach with 'burdensome state regulation.'
Startup's sub-$100, mass-market focused, all-seeing 'Control Center' unifies search, navigation and playback for up to four devices, including set-top boxes, game consoles and streaming media players.
An Italian spectrum auction risks crippling telcos on the brink of 5G rollout and should serve as a warning to other European authorities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei helps Monaco go 'nationwide' with 5G; Vodafone brings gigabit broadband to Bavaria; Deutsche Telekom beefs up LTE coverage in Hesse.
Microsoft is developing hardware and software tools to help secure 80 billion Internet of Things devices that will come online by 2025.
Cable is exploring coherent optics technology to better access the cable network and improve fiber networks to increase capacity tenfold.
It's here! Commercial 5G arrives in the US with the launch of Verizon's fixed wireless service, which is initially based on in-house tech specs.
Microsoft is striving to win cloud customers with a new telco strategic focus, HoloLens augmented reality, and by forswearing competing with customers – unlike, Microsoft says, its crosstown rivals at Amazon Web Services.